The Office Might Be Leaving Netflix for NBC's Own Streaming Service

NBCUniversal, Inc.
NBCUniversal, Inc.

Just days after Netflix announced that a new show from the creators of The Office is coming to the streaming network, fans have to face the fact that the beloved workplace comedy may actually be leaving the company's catalog in the foreseeable future.

On January 14, NBCUniversal announced that it plans to launch its own streaming service in 2020, which would be free to users who already have cable subscriptions through companies such as Comcast and Sky.

NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke discussed the network's plans for the service with The Wall Street Journal, and stated the company may consider moving The Office from Netflix to the new streaming service after their licensing agreement expires in 2021.

According to Business Insider, The Office is the most popular show on Netflix. And if The Office is in danger, Parks and Recreation—another NBC workplace comedy, which is the third most popular show on Netflix—could be as well.

This isn't the first scare that sitcom fans have had over the past few months. Last month, a note reading "Available until January 1" appeared on the details tab of Friends, a series owned by Warner Bros. After fans began expressing their outrage via social media, Netflix announced that the show would be staying on the service throughout 2019 (and they reportedly shelled out around $100 million to keep the sitcom in place).

Netflix and AT&T, which bought Time Warner in 2018, are currently finalizing a deal that would allow Netflix to keep Friends as well as allow AT&T to feature the series on its new streaming platform, which is expected to launch sometime this year.

A similar deal could be struck for The Office, Parks and Recreation, and other NBC TV series that fall on Netflix's top 50 list. Otherwise, Netflix could have a lot of subscribers jumping ship.

Stranger Things Fans Can Now Buy a 6-Foot-Tall Demogorgon Sprinkler

BigMouth Inc., Amazon
BigMouth Inc., Amazon

Some fans watch a show and then talk about it. Others create art inspired by it. Others develop far-out theories. But sometimes, fans go even further than that—like when pool accessory company BigMouth Inc. revealed its massive Stranger Things-inspired, inflatable Demogorgon sprinkler, which is now available for any fan to purchase.

The sprinkler, the perfect gift for those wishing to combine their love of sci-fi monstrosities and thorough lawn irrigation, stands 6 feet tall and can be connected to any standard hose, allowing it to spurt water from its horrifying open face, according to House Beautiful. And for fans thinking it can only be found in the far corners of the internet, fear not: the sprinkler is available now at Target and on Amazon.

If you want a less flashy way to show off your Stranger Things fandom this summer, BigMouth Inc. also sells a plethora of other novelty items based on the show, like an Upside Down-themed pool tube, Scoops Ahoy floating cupholders, and a float based on one of Eleven’s trademark waffles. (See all the options on Amazon here.)

This marks the latest in a series of collaborations for the hugely successful Netflix series. Prior to its release, Stranger Things teamed with both H&M and Nike to release clothing and shoes inspired by the series. It also collaborated with Coca-Cola to produce a limited edition collection of New Coke cans inspired by a moment in the third season.

We’re glad there’s a plethora of Stranger Things merchandise available, even the terrifying Demogorgon sprinkler—it sounds just ridiculous enough to buy right away. It's available at Target or Amazon for $100.

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Three Major Game of Thrones Stars Submitted Themselves for Emmys After HBO Chose Not To

Gwendoline Christie and Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones.
Gwendoline Christie and Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones.
Helen Sloan/Courtesy of HBO

HBO dominated the 2019 Emmy nominations, which were announced earlier this week, with a record-breaking 32 nominations for Game of Thrones's highly contentious final season alone.

Ten of Game of Thrones's nominations came via the acting categories, several of which were hardly surprising: Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke landed nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama Series, respectively. Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams will compete against each other in the Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress categories. What did come as a surprise, however, were the first-time nominations for Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie, and Carice van Houten—not because they didn’t deserve them, but because HBO didn't submit them for consideration.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO confirmed that the network did not enter the three actors for consideration by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This means that the actors’ representatives shelled out the $225 entry fees themselves.

While this might seem unfair, self-submissions are a pretty common practice. As Game of Thrones has many, many characters, all of them played by great actors, it's simply not possible for the network to enter every one of them. As it stands now, four of the six nominees for Outstanding Supporting Actress are Game of Thrones co-stars (van Houten was nominated in the Guest Actress category), while three of the Outstanding Supporting Actor nominees are from Westeros.

Whether they made it onto the official ballot because of HBO or not, Game of Thrones fans are ecstatic that Allen, Christie, and van Houten are finally getting the Emmy recognition they deserve. Can one of them triumph? We'll just have to wait until September 22 to find out.

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